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DeGale aiming to make British boxing history in Boston

James DeGale is ready to create his own slice of history this weekend ahead of his bout with Andre Dirrell for the vacant IBF super-middleweight crown in Boston.

DeGale's Boston bout is a tricky one to predict. Credit: PA

The Londoner is hoping to become the first British boxer to win an Olympic gold medal and a world title on Saturday evening.

Standing in his way is the highly-regarded Dirrell, whose only defeat in a 25-bout professional career came in a controversial points loss to DeGale's compatriot Carl Froch six years ago.

DeGale is not not taking the threat of Dirrell lightly, but the 29-year-old is convinced he will emerge with his hand raised.

He said:

He's a tricky, talented, confident fighter - he believes in his ability. He said that he would not get beaten again in his career, and I am sure he believes that 100 per cent.

So you have two very confident fighters going into the ring on Saturday.

I'm going to show everybody who I am. I'm driven to become the first Olympic gold medallist from the UK to win a world title and I'm doing it for my country.

– James DeGale

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Pacquiao receives hero's welcome back in Philippines

An injured Manny Pacquiao arrived back in the Philippines to a hero's welcome on Wednesday, the boxer still adamant he did enough to win his welterweight megabout against Floyd Mayweather Jr at the start of the month.

Pacquiao is unlikely to fight again any time soon. Credit: PA

The 36-year-old southpaw was wearing a sling on his right arm following shoulder surgery on a torn rotator cuff suffered prior to his unanimous points decision loss to the American in the heavily hyped fight in Las Vegas on May 2.

Pacquiao, a world champion a eight different weight classes and regarded as one of the sport's great entertainers, was sued in a U.S. court last week by two people who felt defrauded by his failure to disclose the pre-bout injury.

The Filipino, smiling for photographers, told reporters at Manila Airport his focus was not on boxing for now.

"I haven't discussed with anyone about my next fight. My focus right now is my shoulder recovery and to make it 100 percent okay, and my focus is on my congress work and family," he said.

Mayweather brands Pacquiao a 'coward'

Floyd Mayweather has branded Manny Pacquiao a "coward" and distanced himself from a possible rematch of last weekend's one-sided victory in Las Vegas.

Pacquiao blamed a torn rotator cuff for his conclusive points defeat at the MGM Grand, claiming his damaged right shoulder meant he effectively only had use of one hand.

Floyd Mayweather beat Manny Pacquiao last week. Credit: PA

In a text message sent to ESPN on Tuesday, Mayweather hinted he would be open to a second clash with the Filipino only to perform a U-turn that will fuel Amir Khan's hopes of facing the unified welterweight champion in September.

"Did I text Stephen A. Smith and say I will fight him again? Yeah, but I change my mind," Mayweather said in an interview with American television network Showtime.

"But at this particular time, no, because he's a sore loser and he's a coward. If you lost, accept the loss and say, 'Mayweather, you were the better fighter.'"

Khan could fight Mayweather in September

Amir Khan is hopeful of arranging a showdown with Floyd Mayweather in September, aided by the fact Ramadan falls earlier this year.

The Bolton fighter believes an eight-week training programme after Ramadan ends on July 17 will be sufficient to prepare him to face the American.

Amir Khan is hoping to face Floyd Mayweather. Credit: PA

"I'm not ruling out fighting in September because it's possible that it could happen," Khan said.

"Mayweather only fights in mid-September and Ramadan will be a little earlier this year, which helps. It gives me enough time to get the training done. So it can happen in September."

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Pacquiao set for surgery and possible fine over injury

Manny Pacquiao will undergo surgery on a shoulder injury this week and could be out of action for up to a year following his unanimous points defeat by Floyd Mayweather, according to reports in the United States.

Pacquaio is unlikely to fight again any time soon. Credit: PA

Pacquiao could also face a possible fine or suspension after answering 'no' on a Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) questionnaire ahead of the welterweight unification showdown in Las Vegas last Saturday.

He did not submit any injuries before the fight, but cited a shoulder problem after it.

''We were planning to postpone because for two weeks I didn't train well. We couldn't do what we wanted to because of my shoulder,'' Pacquiao said after the bout.

''From the third round I felt the pain in my shoulder. When I threw a lot of punches it hurt, so I backed off."

He could now be set to spend time out of the ring while he recovers.

Celebs out in force as Mayweather beats Pacquiao

Jay Z ringside. Credit: Reuters

A host of Hollywood A-listers and sports stars gathered at the MGM Grand to watch Floyd Mayweather comprehensively outpoint Manny Pacquiao in their eagerly-awaited superfight.

Jamie Foxx on the mic. Credit: Reuters

Veteran actors Clint Eastwood and Robert De Niro received the two biggest cheers from the 16,507 when footage of them walking into the arena was televised on the big screen.

Justin Bieber at the fight. Credit: Reuters

At the younger end of the Hollywood spectrum were heavyweight trio Christian Bale, Jamie Foxx, Ben Affleck and Bradley Cooper, while Drew Barrymore also watched the weltwerweight rivals in action.

Music royalty were also in attendance as Jay Z and Justin Bieber turned up.

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